After 19 years in politics, Saskatchewan Social Services Minister June Draude says she will not be running in the next provincial election.

Draude, who was born in 1949, was first elected as a Liberal MLA in 1995.

Two years later, she was among the eight founding members of the Saskatchewan Party and the only woman.

“It has been an honour for me to represent the people of Kelvington-Wadena and serve the people of Saskatchewan through five terms of office,” Draude said Wednesday.  

“We have seen remarkable change in Saskatchewan over the past 19 years since I was first elected — a new party, a new government, and most importantly, a new confidence as Saskatchewan has moved from decline to growth.”

Draude has been in the news lately over questions about transportation expenses racked up on official trips. She eventually agreed to pay back all the money that was under scrutiny.

Draude is the second Sask. Party charter member and cabinet minister this week to confirm a departure.

Finance Minister Ken Krawetz has also announced he will not seek re-election.

Two other Saskatchewan Party MLAs said earlier this year they won't be running again: Yogi Huyghebaert and Darryl Hickie.

A fifth, Bill Hutchinson, wanted to run but failed to win the party nomination earlier this week.